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Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change
Apr
24
to May 15

Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change

A 4-Part series to examine climate change: We will consider its effects on our world, and explore the role of our Christian faith in response.

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at First Baptist Church

April 24 – “Living in this time of Climate Change”
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information, NOAA
From his experience as climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deke will speak to us about the recent report from the National Climate Assessment, helping us understand major points of interest. Additionally, he will speak to conditions we might expect in the Southeastern US with regard to climate change. We are fortunate to have Deke share his scientific expertise with us.

May 1 – “Practicing Shalom in Climate Change”
Rev. Nancy Sehested, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation
Nancy will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between our faith and climate change. What can we glean from our Scriptures that speak to this issue? How are we then called to respond?

May 8 – “Asheville Responds”
A Panel of Local Leaders: Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project, Coordinator; Dawn Chavez, Asheville Greenworks, Director; Scott Hardin-Nieri, Mountain True, Director of Creation Care Alliance
From these community leaders, we will learn of their efforts in Asheville and Buncombe County to mitigate climate change. Additionally, they will help us know ways we can participate with them or on an individual basis to make a positive difference in combating climate change.

May 15 – “First Baptist Responds”
Dr. Mack Dennis, Pastor
Mack will give an overview of ways our church has already taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and live more sustainably. Where do we go from here? Mack will share ideas that are being explored and visions for our future of ways we can help as we live in this time of climate change.

Sponsored by the FBCA Creation Care Team and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

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SIGN UP TODAY! Presbytery Youth Adventure Day
Apr
27
9:45 AM09:45

SIGN UP TODAY! Presbytery Youth Adventure Day

Our Youth will join other youth from around the Presbytery for a day of outdoor fun at Camp Grier! Activities include: canoeing, Global Village, pump track, climbing wall, firetower hike, mountain biking, and more!

  • When: Meet at church at 9:45 AM to ride together, or meet at Camp Grier at 10:30 AM. We will return back at church at 7:45 PM (If you can't stay the whole time, arrange your own transportation!)

  • Bring: bagged lunch - snacks and dinner included.

  • Wear: comfortable clothes & closed toed shoes!

  • Cost: $25 (cash or check payable to FPCA)

  • Who: All youth! Reserve a spot by April 22 by emailing Nathan.

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Walking the Path
Apr
28
4:15 PM16:15

Walking the Path

The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions.

People of all faiths are welcome. Sunday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville.

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Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Did you know that you could fill the US Cellular center three times with adults in Buncombe County who cannot read at a basic skills level? Additionally, 8% of our community does not speak English at home and 33-40% of 3rd-8th grade students in our community test below on-grade-level proficiency standards in reading.

These enormous deficits impact adults' abilities to find and retain living wage employment, children's likelihood of graduating from high school, and our entire community's health and economy.

Join congregants from your neighborhood churches at Trinity Episcopal Church for lunch to learn how the Literacy Council of Buncombe County is addressing these issues -- providing our neighbors with the literacy and English language skills they need to live productive, self-sufficient, and fulfilling lives. You will learn about an often-hidden struggle and ways that you can be part of the solution.

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Annual Church Picnic in Montreat
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Church Picnic in Montreat

Lower Level Moore Building & Moore field and the Back Patio on Flat Creek (Just Below Lake Susan)

All ages encouraged to come out for the FUN!!!

Experience the beauty of Flat Creek; sit & enjoy the company of friends, old and new; play corn hole, Frisbee, bring your favorite yard game to play on Moore Field!

Main Dish Provided plus baked beans and slaw
Bring a Generous Portion of a Potluck Side

  • If your last name begins A-P, bring a side dish

  • If your last name begins Q-Z, bring a dessert

    You are invited to dress casually for worship

GREENING TIPS:  Disposable plates and utensils will be available for anyone who needs them, but if you are able to bring the dishes/utensils that your household needs to use, it will cut down on the waste that we produce. You are encouraged to use local ingredients when possible.

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Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound

Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space

May 10 - July 8, 2019

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League in Black Mountain in partnership with Homeward Bound is sponsoring an exhibit entitled, “Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space.” Twenty percent of sales at the two-month show will go to help end chronic homelessness through Homeward Bound.

Opening Reception Friday, May 10 | 5-7 pm

Refreshments will be provided and the public is welcome to join.

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Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk
Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk

Fiber Artisits’ Gallery Talk
Sunday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Gallery

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard

Join us for an evening of personal story telling from two women living at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women along with the Ministry of Hope chaplains Carol Dalton and Shannon Spencer. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from incarcerated women about their experiences in our criminal justice system along with the development of their faith journeys while in prison.

Enjoy the SCCW Voices of Hope choir and witness firsthand the prison ministry in which we are involved. And, come learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these women who live right down the road from our church. There will be time following the presentation for informal conversation over coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall.

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Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Join us on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm for beautiful music for the Lenten season.

Soprano, Jennifer Pedersen, and Mezzo Soprano, Simone Vigilante, accompanied by chamber orchestra, sing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s stunning Stabat Mater. The piece, which will be conducted by Jeremy Roberts, tells of Mary the Mother of Jesus' experience while keeping watch at the cross and invites each of us to join her there, meditating on Christ's passion.

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Amici Music "A Night in Vienna"
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Amici Music "A Night in Vienna"

AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 with a program called "A NIGHT IN VIENNA" that is part of their Mozart in the Mountains Weekend Festival.

Soprano Amanda Horton, baritone Jonathan Ross, and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will perform scenes from several Mozart operas as well as scenes and arias from Viennese operettas by Lehar and Strauss. Take a musical trip to the Austrian capital and listen to the celebrated music that made it famous.

General admission at the door is $25 and Church members are only $20. Children 18 and under are free. Further discounts available if you purchase seats in advance online at www.amicimusic.org or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856.

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Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019
Mar
13
to Mar 14

Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019

Presented by Local Cloth Inc.

Anni Albers wanted to study painting when she applied to the renowned Bauhaus art school in Germany, but was forced to choose between bookbinding and weaving, which the founder deemed more appropriate for women.

She chose weaving, even though she considered it “rather sissy” at the time. At the Bauhaus, and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in Western NC, Anni would become a leader in the modern hand-weaving revival, pushing the limits with her focus on innovative materials and the architecture of woven fabric. Her work helped define what would become known after WWII as “fiber art.”

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women, including Albers, in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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Choral Evensong: St. James Episcopal Choir & Recital by Jeremy Roberts
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

Choral Evensong: St. James Episcopal Choir & Recital by Jeremy Roberts

The St. James Choir will sing Choral Evensong for Epiphany on Sunday Feb. 24th at 5:00 p.m. Music for the service will include canticles by T. Tertius Noble in A Minor, Anglican chant by Thomas Norris, and the anthem Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies by Harold Darke. The organist for the service will be Howard Bakken.

The service will be followed by an organ recital by Jeremy Roberts. Mr. Roberts will be playing works by Moritz Brosig, Bach, Buxtehude, George Thalben-Ball, and John Rutter on the church’s Harrison & Harrison organ. The congregation may greet Mr. Roberts in the church following the recital.

No tickets are required; an offering will be received. For further information, please contact Director of Music Brad Gee at 828-694-6925 or by email.

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Power of Place Lecture Series
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Power of Place Lecture Series

Warren Wilson College announces the third lecture
in our 125th Anniversary Lecture Series: Celebrating the Power of Place.

For 125 years, we’ve educated generations to lead lives of utility, meaning, service, and beauty – lives that matter. The Power of Place is a series of events celebrating Warren Wilson College’s history with a focus on what it means to be located physically, ecologically, and culturally within the overlapping communities and territories that make up this special place.
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Jay Erskine Leutze, author of “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” will lead this discussion. Go to their website to register- the series is free.

The lecture takes place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre, Warren Wilson College.

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Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn

This Valentine’s Day 12—1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church

Join Homeward Bound for a short film, from an award winning director, depicting one woman’s journey from homelessness to housing followed by a panel discussion on Women and Homelessness. Lunch provided. RSVP ONLINE or contact Eleanor Ashton (eleanor@homewardboundwnc.org) at 828-793-0072

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Amici Music Concert: "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
Feb
3
1:30 PM13:30

Amici Music Concert: "Go Tell It On the Mountain"

AmiciMusic presents "GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN" on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm.  This program of powerful Spirituals and exciting Ragtime celebrates the African-American musical experience and features soprano Simone Vigilante and pianist Daniel Weiser.  $15 for Church members---children are free.  Tickets available at the door or buy discounted seats in advance at www.amicimusic.org (click on the Asheville concerts link at top of page).


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Adult Local Mission Project:  Pritchard Park Breakfast
Jan
27
8:45 AM08:45

Adult Local Mission Project: Pritchard Park Breakfast

Come join a group of adults as we serve breakfast to the homeless in Pritchard Park – Downtown Asheville.

On Sunday, January 27 we will meet at FPC-Asheville at 8:45 am and walk over to Pritchard Park to deliver food and serve breakfast – 8 servers needed!

There are other ways to support this ministry – we will need 11 dozen hard boiled eggs (in the shell), soft fruit – bananas, grapes and baked goods donated.

Please contact Jamie Brady to serve or donate food items.

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Local Events on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Local Events on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Jr. Day of Service Clean Up (10:00 a.m.)

Join in a roadside cleanup in preparation for the MLK Jr March from St. James AME Church to Downtown. We will be finished with the cleanup in time if volunteers would like to walk in the MLK Jr March. GreenWorks will be supplying gabbers, gloves, vests and bags. Last year we had a HUGE turnout. We cleaned up from Downtown all the way through Historic East End / Valley Street neighborhood. Thanks to the City of Asheville Sanitation Dept for providing their dumpster for this project. Please sign up to let us know that you’re coming out.

Peace March & Rally (11:30 a.m.) Free and open to the public.

Please join us at St. James AME Church at 11:30am for the kick off ceremony of our Peace March & Rally. At 12:15pm we will march down College Street to City-County Plaza where the rally will be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to Manna Foodbank.

Candlelight Service 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

We hope you will join us for the annual Candlelight Service at Central United Methodist Church as we celebrate community members whose service to the community is reflective of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. There is a reception afterwards in the fellowship hall.

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The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast
Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community’s 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive in West Asheville. Thank you for the  support you and others in our community have given the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association in past years. We cordially invite you to join us once again as we celebrate our nation’s progress and forcefully face the obstacles to Dr. King’s dream that still confront us. This year our keynote speaker will be civil rights pioneer Ernest G. Green, one of the world-renowned Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957.

Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased for $25 each. Patron tickets are available for $35, with patron names included in the program journal. Tickets may be purchased at www.mlkasheville.org or call (828) 281-1624.

 

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Amici Music Concert "Opus One"
Jan
13
1:30 PM13:30

Amici Music Concert "Opus One"

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AmiciMusic returns for another intimate chamber music concert that breaks down the barriers between performers and audience. "OPUS ONE" features piano quartets that were the first published works by Felix Mendelssohn (age 14) and Josef Suk (age 17) as well as a movement by Suk's mentor and future father-in-law, Antonin Dvorak.

The performers are Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Anna Pelczer, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano.

Admission at the door is only $15 for Church members and $20 for general admission. Children 18 and under are free. Buy discounted seats in advance here.

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4th Annual Messiah Sing Along
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

4th Annual Messiah Sing Along

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Join the Asheville Symphony Chorus for our 4th Annual Handel's Messiah Community Sing Along.

Accompany our members in song or sit back and enjoy over 200 voices uniting in the strains of this magnificent work!

Singers are encouraged to arrive 45-60 minutes early to rehearse. Feel free to bring your own music score or you may borrow one of ours.

Each year, this event is proving to be more fun and even more magical for singers and audience members alike. Please come early to ensure you get a seat!

$20 ticket at the door or click the picture.

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Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair

Alternative Gifts Fair Benefiting non-profit agencies
doing God’s work in the world
100% of funds donated will support the agencies

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Not only does Loaves & Fishes provide agencies with much needed resources, but it is a great way to reach out to the larger church community, spreading the good news that even in the midst of our consumption-driven society, we can honor each other by giving gifts that matter!

There are two ways to participate in this life giving event:

  1. Attend the gift market on Sunday December 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Visit with our participating agencies and learn how they work hard to make a difference in our community. Fill out your form with the agencies you would like to support and hand them in to one of our volunteers at the check out table. You will receive a card and envelope to honor someone with a gift that matters. (COMPLETE YOUR ORDER ONLINE)

  2. Place your order by mail, fax, scan/email, or bring to the church office of First Presbyterian Church (40 Church St. – entrance on Aston St.) We will contact you when your gift cards/envelopes are ready to be picked up at FPCA – or we will mail to you if you prefer.

Our last day to receive orders is Tuesday 12/18/2018

If you would like to volunteer with this program, please email mission@fpcasheville.org

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SPECIAL OFFERING: Thanksgiving Offering
Nov
18
8:45 AM08:45

SPECIAL OFFERING: Thanksgiving Offering

Sunday, November 18 (8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services)

On November 18 we will receive our annual special offering to benefit the ministry of the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. The Thanksgiving Offering helps meet the $1 million annual Every Day Fund goal that supplies the daily needs of the youth ranging from socks and shampoo to gasoline and electricity.

For more information about this important ministry, contact executive director Tom Campbell (828.686.3451) for a visit.

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Organ Concert at FPCA
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Organ Concert at FPCA

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Organist, Richard Konzen, performs a program entitled “Pairings” on our stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ. The program will include works by Buxtehude, Bach, Howells, Harwood, Vierne, and Franck, grouped together in pairs the way one might pair beer or wine with food. 

Konzen is Organist-Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as retired Professor of Music and College Organist at Grove City College. St. Johns, in Youngstown, Ohio, is well known in the region for their annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Dr. Konzen was also FPCA Music Director, Jeremy Roberts', organ teacher in college!

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STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church  

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This short award-winning documentary charts the history of straws and reveals our culture’s current obsession with single-use conveniences.  A discussion will follow. The event is free, but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

Sponsored by:
Creation Care Alliance of WNC
Earth Team of Grace Covenant Presbyterian
Toward Zero Waste

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A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families

Moving Beyond the December Dilemma:
A Gathering of Multi-faith Families

Avenue M (private room) ~ 791 Merrimon Avenue

If you are part of multi-faith family (in whatever way you interpret this), join Rev. Samantha Gonzalez-Block, Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Rabbi Justin Goldstein for an evening of building community, asking questions, and sharing experiences as we prepare for the holiday season. All are welcome!

To RSVP or request childcare, email Samantha by November 7th.

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AmiciMusic celebrates Veteran's Day
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

AmiciMusic celebrates Veteran's Day

AmiciMusic celebrates Veterans Day with "OVER THERE," a musical tribute to the songs of the World War I era in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

The performance takes place on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Tickets at the door are $20 for general admission, $15 for Church members, and $10 for all Veterans. Children 18 and under are free.

Created by acclaimed director Francis Cullinan, this nostalgic show features singers Jacqueline Culpepper and Dan Boye, along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser with Cullinan himself narrating. They will perform fun hits from the era including "Alexander's Ragtime Band and Give My Regards to Broadway," patriotic songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "God Bless America" and some more tragic songs about the horrors of war including "I Didn't Raise my Boy to be a Soldier" and "Danny Boy." Go to the website for more information about "OVER THERE" and to buy discount seats in advance.

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Concert at FPCA with Jeremy Roberts: Cinis Canticum
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Concert at FPCA with Jeremy Roberts: Cinis Canticum

Be whisked back to Tudor England as Cinis Canticum, Asheville's newest choral ensemble, presents a concert of choral works from the English Renaissance. Led by artistic director, Jeremy Roberts, the ensemble will sing a cappella works by Tallis, Byrd, Morley, Redford, and Dunstable. Mr. Roberts will also present a number of organ works by the same composers. The concert is open to the public. A free will donation to support the concert series at First Presbyterian Church will be taken.

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